Review: Timmy Failure – Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis

timmy failureIn the style of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid comes this story about an eccentric child detective named Timmy Failure. Timmy seems to be delusional as to his detective prowess, as well as his social standing in class. He takes on cases from other students but totally misses glaringly obvious clues to solve the crimes.

Living with his mother and his pet polar bear, Total (as in Total Failure!), Timmy probably isn’t the best liked kid in class. He’s not the smartest, either. But Timmy doesn’t try. He’s too busy trying to get his detective business off the ground.

Filled with simplistic but hilarious sketch drawings, Timmy Failure is a children’s book that an adult can also appreciate, and read in one sitting, as I just did this afternoon. Witty and wise beyond his years, Timmy is a great new voice in children’s literature, and I hope we’ll be hearing more from him.

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